Feb. 19, 2021
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Please see the maps below that detail the Dominion Energy tree-trimming project from Feb. 19-26. The project is approximately 85% complete.
The two arborists -- Will Epting of Dominion, and Michael Murphy, who is being retained by the City --- continue to work closely together to ensure consistency in the work. Despite the rain, crews completed quite a bit of work this week. We expect there are only about 5-7 more days of very tough work throughout the entire area, contingent on the weather.
To make up for lost time due to weather, work will be done on Saturday, Feb. 20, in The Point, Spanish Point, and the Mossy Oaks neighborhoods. Crews will not be working on Sunday. Dominion and the crews are doing their best to remove all debris. If debris is left, contact the project team (Dominion and the City) at the numbers listed below so that those issues may be resolved as rapidly as possible. All calls will be answered, and all concerns will be addressed in a timely fashion.
We respectfully request your patience as this project comes to a conclusion over the next week or so. Both Dominion Energy and the City deeply appreciate the civility demonstrated by the residents and concerned citizens throughout this project.
Crews will be working on the following streets beginning Saturday and continuing Feb. 22-26 next week:
- Hamilton (the entire street not just from one intersection to another)
- New (entire road)
- Port Republic
Other streets that will have crews either trimming trees or completing punchlist items:
- New Castle
- Spanish Point
- Fort Lyttleton
- Stuart Town Road
- Todd Dr
- McTeer Circle
- Scheper Circle
- Paul Drive
- Center Drive East
- Southside Park Boulevard (Entire Road)
- Battery Creek Road
Like last week, each crew will have three trucks which will typically include two trucks dedicated to pruning and one truck to haul away debris. The crews try to work on only one street at a time to avoid creating traffic issues. Crews may also adjust their work locations based on local conditions like weather and traffic.
We have enjoyed another week of perfect safety. Safety is the No. 1 concern for both the City of Beaufort and Dominion Energy! We ask pedestrians to remain safely away from the work areas. This week, some curious observers walked directly under an elevated truck bucket to get a better view. The crews were able to intervene in a timely fashion to ensure the safety of the observers, but this created a potentially dangerous situation. Please watch out for tree-trimmers who are focused on trimming trees and not necessarily on the road or pedestrians. Also remember that if you cannot see tree-trimmers, they cannot see you.
Both the City of Beaufort and Dominion Energy have project leads to address questions, comments or concerns. Will Epting is representing Dominion Energy and can be reached at William.firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-251-7234. Neal Pugliese is representing the City of Beaufort and can be reached at email@example.com or 843-470-3512 anytime. Both Will and Neal will continue to respond to your questions, comments, or concerns promptly. No issue is too big or too small so don’t hesitate to call or email.
Please encourage all those affected or interested in the Dominion Energy project to register with the “Notify Me” application found on the City of Beaufort website (https://www.cityofbeaufort.org/list.aspx) and subscribe to the Dominion tree pruning updates which are delivered via text or email.
We are very close to finishing this project and we would like to thank everyone affected by this project for their patience. Have a fantastic weekend.
Neal Pugliese, Col USMC (Ret)
Mossy Oaks Multijurisdictional Drainage Task Force
The Point map: